The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

28th August, 2016

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From the Parish Priest’s desk….

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Archbishop Coleridge of Brisbane has proposed a national Synod for Australia in 2020:

.http://catholicleader.com.au/news/brisbane-archbishop-calls-for-first-synod-for-entire-catholic-church-in-australia-since-1937

No doubt, it could be useful (as in the case of the four previous Plenary Councils in Australia – the last being in 1937) for the Successors of the Apostles in our country to consider how better to respond to the many grave crises that afflict the Church, and the general culture, given that the 50 year old strategy (if one can call it that) of appeasement has failed. If we could begin with an admission of failure, and the acceptance of responsibility by those concerned, we might get somewhere. But it is evident that no such honesty or clarity is intended. Quite the contrary. This assembly, should it ever meet, will have all the breadth and spontaneity of a Communist Party Congress in Pyongyang. As in the case of the Synods on the Family, it will be carefully prepared and conducted so as to exclude - or at least marginalise - any views that do not conform to the clichéd expressions of worldliness that pass for insight and compassion, in a tired restoration of a Church adrift in the 1970s…. Any doubt about this should be dispelled by a keynote address recently delivered by Bishop Vincent Long (newly advanced by Pope Francis to the Diocese of Parramatta), who is always attentive to prevailing trends:

.https://web.archive.org/web/20160819152044/http://catholicoutlook.org/bishop-vincent-long-ofm-conv-delivers-2016-ann-d-clark-lecture/

The speech is essentially a political speech cast in pseudo-theological terms, drawing heavily from the Lexicon of Ecclesial NewSpeak (about which I recently wrote). The Bishop proposes what amounts to an open ended process of surrender, across a broad front, to aggressively anti-Christian secular forces. Contrary to what he claims, there is nothing fresh or courageous about this at all. It would simply be an intensification of policies that have demonstrably failed over several decades.

One example of this is Bishop Long’s repeated calls for the so-called “inclusion” of practising homosexuals, and the rejection of such terms as “intrinsically disordered” in making a moral evaluation. Against this, it must be restated that true charity and compassion for a sinner requires that we speak the truth with clarity, in order to encourage conversion of life. Ambiguity and obfuscation have never converted anyone to Christ – although they have certainly helped many a career….

Bishop Long concluded his lecture with an assertion and an aspiration: “Pope Francis has unleashed a new energy, he has poured a new wine which cannot be contained in old wineskins. He has challenged us to move in concert with him and bring about the rebirth of the church. … May we be like the prophets for our people during this our contemporary exile. May we be strengthened to walk the journey of faith with them, proclaim the message of hope, the signs of the new Kairos and lead them in the direction of the kingdom.”

Let those who would dare alter the Church established by Christ, or change the teachings Christ bequeathed to Her, heed the Lord’s warning given by the prophet Isaias (30: 1-4, 9-14): Woe to you, apostate children, saith the Lord, that you would take counsel, and not of me: and would begin a web, and not by my spirit, that you might add sin upon sin: Who walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth, hoping for help in the strength of Pharao, and trusting in the shadow of Egypt. And the strength of Pharao shall be to your confusion, and the confidence of the shadow of Egypt to your shame. For it is a people that provoketh to wrath, and lying children, children that will not hear the law of God. Who say to the seers: See not: and to them that behold: Behold not for us those things that are right: speak unto us pleasant things, see errors for us. Take away from me the way, turn away the path from me, let the Holy One of Israel cease from before us. Therefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel: Because you have rejected this word, and have trusted in oppression and tumult, and have leaned upon it: Therefore shall this iniquity be to you as a breach that falleth, and is found wanting in a high wall, for the destruction thereof shall come on a sudden, when it is not looked for. And it shall be broken small, as the potter' s vessel is broken all to pieces with mighty breaking….

Fr Glen Tattersall PP

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This Friday (2nd September) is the first Friday of the month. There will be extended Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 6 pm Mass, until Midnight. If you can, please commit yourself to a period of Adoration using the on line roster: http://tinyurl.com/1stFriSep2016.

First Saturday Devotion: having just renewed the consecration of our Parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it behooves us to recall Our Lady of Fatima’s request for Reparation, relating to the First Saturday of each month. Having announced in July 1917 at Fatima that she would later ask for this, in 1925 Our Lady spoke these words to Sr Lucia at Pentevedra: “See, my daughter, my Heart encircled by thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. Do you, at least, strive to console me. Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.” Especially in view of the current situation in the Church and the world, we cannot ignore the request of the Mother of God for reparation. Our Lady’s request is met by doing the following on the First Saturday of five successive months, with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart: 1. Going to Confession (this could be some days, or even a week, before the First Saturday); 2. Receiving Holy Communion; 3. praying five decades of the Rosary; and 4. Meditating for 15 minutes on one or more of the mysteries of the Rosary. The Rosary is recited publicly after the 10 am Mass on Saturday (private recitation also fulfills the conditions). The period of meditation can be done privately at any time.

There will be a Bookstall operated by Freedom Books today, following Solemn Mass.

New Parish choir for novices: Jessica Earle, our Choir Secretary, invites expressions of interest in a new “training” choir for mixed voices. All parishioners of any musical experience (or none) are welcome to try out for this new choir. There will be some chant singing, part singing, and choral skills taught. Rehearsals will be weekly and cover some reading, aural and vocal skills as well as learning of repertoire for Masses. Please contact Jessica with any inquiries or to confirm attendance: jesearle.2013@gmail.com. There is also an information form here for those expressing interest.

Given the current attacks on marriage and the precarious situation of a plebiscite on marriage, a Novena to the Holy Family has been arranged to take place between the Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Novena will begin on Tuesday 30th August - following the Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist on Monday 29th August - and conclude on Wednesday 7th September - preceding the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 8th September. Copies of the Novena are available in the vestibule, or online.

A male University student from France is seeking accommodation in Melbourne Roland Margelidon is 20 years old, entering into his fourth year of an IT school at Strasbourg. Two years ago he created a small IT company, which develops websites and applications. Roland is a traditional Catholic. He is a leader with the Scouts of Europe, and an administrator of the French Catholic website lerougeetlenoir.org. As part of his studies, Roland has to do an internship abroad. He arrives in Melbourne on 1st October, 2016, and returns to France 3rd February, 2017. Roland would like to stay in a traditional Catholic home during this time, on terms to be negotiated. This could include payment in kind, by work of some sort. Anyone who may be able to offer accommodation is asked to contact Fr Tattersall as soon as possible

A young man from the parish of the Brisbane Oratory in Formation seeks accommodation in Melbourne on the nights of 24th and 25th September. Please contact Fr Tattersall if you may be able to assist.

Song & Silence – a monastic retreat for men (Benedict XVI Retreat Centre, Grose Wold, NSW, 2nd – 6th January, 2017): Discover the heart of monastic life. Enter into and participate in a complete monastic Horarium with daily Solemn Mass and the Sung Monastic Office - the retreat is guided by the liturgy alone in an atmosphere of silence. Personal spiritual direction will be available each day. Day one will be devoted to workshops and training supplied by the Australian Sacred Music Association (ASMA). Day two the retreat begins at Matins with the Rule of St. Benedict from then being observed. Chaplain: Fr Tattersall. Cost (5 days/4 nights): Quad share, $380 pp, Twin share, $499 pp (discounts on application for priests, deacons and seminarians). Inquiries/registration: retreat@sacredmusic.org.au, Ronan Reilly 0402 613 963. Official Flyer

The monks of St Joseph’s Abbey, Flavigny, will return to Australia in January, 2017, to preach Ignatian retreats for men and women in Sydney and Brisbane. Men: Hartzer Park, Bowral, NSW: 16-21 January and 23-28 January. Mercy Place, Bardon (Brisbane), QLD: 14-19 February. Women: Hartzer Park, Bowral, NSW: 12-15 January (3 days, 3 nights) and 30-31 January (2 days, 1 night).
Mercy Place Bardon (Brisbane), QLD: 9-12 February (3 days, 3 nights). For all the NSW retreats, inquiries and bookings are to be sent to Jim and Eileen at jimeileen13@optusnet.com.au. For the QLD retreats, inquiries and bookings are to be sent to Martine at martine.watkinson@gmail.com.

Christus Rex pilgrimage: 28th-30th October: For information, and to register, please visit http://crex.org/wordpress.

Sir Edward Elgar – The Kingdom. Sunday 18th September at 2.30 pm in the Melbourne Town Hall: Elgar’s great Oratorio depicts the promulgation of the Church at Pentecost and the events of the following days. It is regarded by many, as Elgar’s greatest choral work. The Oratorio was last performed in Melbourne in the 1940s. Bookings: www.trybooking.com/MCDT or www.ticketek.com.au, 13 28 49.


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